Cafes in South Central Houston

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On Sundays after church, Myrtle Zachary-Jackson’s family of cooks and bakers gathered to make meals for one another. Her elders rarely used recipes, so Myrtle had to study every step until she could replicate their dishes herself. Just as her grandparents and aunts imbued her with a passion for baking, she inspired her daughters, Andrea and Rosharon, to start cooking at a young age. When Myrtle decided to open Not Jus Donuts Bakery in 2000, she turned to her daughters and grandchildren for help in re-creating their family recipes, by then some five or six generations old.

Sticking to tradition, every dessert at Not Jus Donuts is made from scratch. The ladies crack every farm-fresh egg by hand before whipping up cheesecakes with Philadelphia cream cheese, cookies baked fresh daily, hand-decorated cupcakes, and exquisitely designed cake balls and cake pops. Made without preservatives, their cakes range from standard sheet cakes to 3-D creations designed to resemble bowling balls and turntables and 8-D cakes shaped like time itself.

2020 Dowling St
Houston,
TX
US

La Blanca Cafe caters to folks whose sudden cravings for Latin American cuisine requires a fast fix. Staffers dish up all the favorites, including freshly made empanadas, street tacos, and oversized burritos. They also craft lomito sandwiches, piling french bread with savory mounds of steak, spicy pork, and authentic condiments such as chimichurri and pico de gallo. Beer, wine, and sangria are also available for refreshing pairings.

The midtown cafe cultivates an eclectic neighborhood vibe by showcasing work from area artists and hosting live performances from local musicians on a second-story, open-air deck. If hungry regulars are unable to swing by the actual cafe, they can keep their eyes peeled for the restaurant's food truck, which frequents a variety of spots around Houston.

4420 Almeda Rd
Houston,
TX
US

13 Celsius

When it comes to preserving the integrity of their wines, the owners of 13 Celsius don’t mess around. The proof is in the name, which alludes to the exact temperature maintained in their wine cellar at all times. This climate-controlled cellar is only one aspect of a meticulous process designed to preserve the wines at peak flavor until they are ready to be paired with cheeses, charcuterie, paninis, and handmade truffles.

Given this near-obsession with preservation, it should come as no surprise that the building itself hasn’t lost any of its charms since opening in the 1920s. The Mediterranean–style architectural relic preserves several key components of its jazz-era past, including an entirely intact tin ceiling and an open-air courtyard, along with several modern additions such as a 40-foot marble bar and sound.

3000 Caroline St
Houston,
TX
US

From the sandbox in the yard, to an interior that boarders upon the hyper-rustic, Natachee’s Supper ‘n’ Punch is a perfect blend of casual and quirky. Voted Best Comfort Food in 2012 by the Houston Press, the chefs sling old timey plates such as home-style meatloaf––topped with red gravy and a fried egg––, classic chicken fried steak, and a mammoth burger dubbed the "astrodome". Sides of cut corn, onion rings, and sliced avocado cozy up to entrees, as do cold bottles of beer, and Natachee’s signature punches, such as the Nat King fizz (gin, slow gin, and lemon) or milk bone punch (blackberry-infused whiskey, tres leches liquer, and milk).

3622 Main St
Houston,
TX
US

At her newly opened pastry shop, Candace Chang draws from her worldwide travels to invent internationally inspired desserts that balance flavorful ingredients and low sugar content. Imported goodies such as Belgian chocolate, French chestnuts, and Taiwanese coconut blend to form delicately molded pastries, each topped with fresh fruit arranged in colorful patterns or the buyer's family tartan. The colorful cake gallery also offers dairy-free options and lighter nibbles, ranging from tofu-based cheesecake to fluffy mousse. Dolce Delights pairs its sweets with Lavazza coffee imported from Italy.

3201 Louisiana St
Houston,
TX
US

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian-friendly comfort food
Established: 2013
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: Food court
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Warm Pear and Goat Cheese Salad
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: None
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No

Q&A with Kimberly Taylor, Owner

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Our manager juggles on request.

Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
Our recipes have all been created in-house by some of the most prestigious chefs in Texas.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The menu at Greenz is diverse. We offer gourmet salads with an emphasis on organic, gluten-free dynamic recipes. Each salad is paired with its own unique dressing to bring out the best flavors. All of our recipes are made in-house daily and we use the freshest ingredients available. Any salad can be made into a wrap or sandwich, and any of our homemade soups can be paired with a salad or sandwich if you're looking for several menu selections.

1200 McKinney Street, Suite 325
Houston,
TX
US